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How Do You Defend LSU?

I think we can all agree stopping Ben Simmons is a tall task.  Simmons is ranked near the top of every statistical category in the SEC — 3rd in points, 4th in assists, and 1st in rebounds per game.  So what do you do?

1.  Do everything you can to stop Simmons and force the other four guys beat you.

2.  Do everything you can to stop the other four guys and force Simmons beat you.

I would go with Option #1 if the Cats still had Willie Cauley-Stein.  I really can’t think of any other person on the planet I’d rather see guard him, but since that’s out of the question, I think Option #1 is out of the question.  Alex Poythress and Marcus Lee are his best matchups, but Kentucky can’t afford to lose their offensive production if they get in foul trouble.  Charles Matthews and Isaiah Briscoe could slow him down, but I don’t think there’s anyway you can completely take Simmons out of the game.

Option #2 appears to be the better choice for logical reasons.  Keith Hornsby and Craig Victor II are averaging a combined 30 points per game, but each player has only played in a handful of games.  Antonio Blakeney was an elite sharpshooter coming out of high school, but is only shooting 28% from three (even though he’ll inevitably find his stroke tonight).

I support Option #2 because I am more confident Kentucky can stop 4 of them, instead of stopping 1 Ben Simmons.  LSU’s accessory players have proved they can put points on the board, so Kentucky cannot afford to give them that luxury.  If Ben Simmons scored 40+ and Kentucky loses, I can live with it.

How would you defend LSU?

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 Comments for How Do You Defend LSU?

  1. Cals Hoverboard
    8:13 pm January 5, 2016 Permalink

    Start with Briscoe shadowing Simmons, and play a “box and 1”. No chance in hell that Cal would do this, but it makes sense. We struggle against zone defenses in our half court offense, let’s see what they can do with it?

  2. Megan
    8:23 pm January 5, 2016 Permalink

    That’s a false choice, Nick. It’s not do everything you can to stop Simmons, or everything you can to stop the other four. There’s a third option, and it’s the one you’re going to see tonight. Defend everyone, but help on Simmons, make him go right, and stay out on Hornsby. Always stay out on Hornsby. If you don’t (looking at you, Willis), you’re sitting on the bench.

  3. scottg74
    8:43 pm January 5, 2016 Permalink

    Put a sniper in the stands to pick him off. He’s gonna get his 20-10, just contain the stats.

  4. girl wildcat fan
    8:52 pm January 5, 2016 Permalink

    Play ”em straight up!! Go Cats!!

  5. Red headed Stepchild
    8:52 pm January 5, 2016 Permalink

    Antonio Blakeney certainly found in stroke with Katina’s daughter.

    • Red headed Stepchild
      8:53 pm January 5, 2016 Permalink

      “his” stroke